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TitleOrthorectification of full-polarimetric Radarsat-2 data using accurate LIDAR DSM
AuthorToutin, T; Wang, H; Chomaz, P; Pottier, E
SourceIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) vol. 51, issue 12, 2013 p. 5252-5258,
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20120239
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
NTS21L/14; 21L/15
AreaQuébec; Île d'Orléans
Lat/Long WENS-71.5000 -70.5000 47.0000 46.7500
Subjectsgeophysics; remote sensing; radar imagery; radar methods; mapping techniques; computer mapping; SAR
ProgramTopographic Production, Topographic Mapping
AbstractOrthorectification using digital terrain models is a key issue for full-polarimetric complex SAR data because resampling the complex data can corrupt the polarimetric phase, mainly in terrain with relief. This research thus compared two methods for the orthorectification of the complex SAR data: The polarimetric processing is performed before (image-space method) or after (ground-space method) the geometric processing. Radarsat-2 fine-quad data acquired with different look angles over a hilly relief study site were orthorectified using accurate light detection and ranging digital surface model. Quantitative evaluations between the two methods as a function of different geometric and radiometric parameters were thus performed to evaluate the impact during orthorectification. The results demonstrated that the look angles and the terrain slopes can potentially corrupt the polarimetric complex SAR data during its orthorectification with the ground-space method. In addition, general advice is provided to reduce these impacts to an acceptable level for the users and their polarimetric applications.